About Minnesota


imgOne of Minnesota's nicknames is “Land of 10,000 Lakes," meant to indicate the sheer wealth of lakes, measuring in size from large to very small. But there are another 1,000 lakes on top of that number.

The majority of the state's residents collect themselves close to one of the larger cities. Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Twin Cities, are surprisingly sophisticated and cosmopolitan, particularly among their arts and culture sectors. This propensity for the population to huddle close by, may be why Minnesota is proud to be one of the most successful states when it comes to having a literate population.

Geologically, the layers of rock that lie beneath the surface of Minnesota are ancient: limestone, basalt, gneiss, and granite. The southeastern corner of Minnesota may be ripe for the development of sink-holes. In fact the small town of Fountain, Minnesota is nicknamed "Sinkhole Capital of the World," for its large number of sinkholes. Groves of trees out in the middle of fields look to be standing up to the middle of their trunks in deep, circular depressions. Geologists explain that sinkholes occur when the underground rock strata, typically limestone that has been formed into cave-like honeycombs, crumbles under the weight of the earth. Some sinkholes are small and others are very large.

Large retail giants that got their start in Minnesota: Target, Best Buy, and 3M. Target, an upscale department store, continues to cut into deeper markets in all kinds of communities. Part tourist spectacle and part mall, the Twin Cities Mall of America still holds the award for world's largest mall. It has a small amusement park inside it, complete with roller coaster.

National Public Radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, comes live each week from its home venue, The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. This show has garnered a cult following unusual for radio. Populated by a predominantly Nordic ancestry a large number of Minnesotans eat lutefisk, a whitefish preserved in lye. From October to November each year small towns around the state sponsor Lutefisk dinners. Locals may gorge themselves at community style sit-down dinners where featured Norwegian delicacies include lutefisk and lefse, a thin tortilla-like sweet bread that is often spread with butter and brown sugar.

  Minnesota in Numbers:
img Horse Population: Approximately 155,000
img Total Economic Impact: $ -- billion
img Population : 6,398,743
img Land area : 79,610 sq. miles
img Capital : St. Paul
img Counties: 87
img Highest Point : Eagle Mountain: 2,301 feet
img Lowest Point : Shore of Lake Superior: 602 feet
img 10 largest Cities:
  • Minneapolis: 372,811
  • St. Paul: 275,150
  • Rochester: 94,950
  • Duluth: 84,896
  • Bloomington: 81,164
  • Plymouth: 69,701
  • Brooklyn Park: 68,550
  • St. Cloud: 65,792
  • Eagan: 63,665
  • Coon Rapids: 62,417
Exceptional 160 Acre Horse Ranch in Minnesota Lake Country

Detroit Lakes, Becker County, Minnesota

Exceptional turnkey offering on a 160 Acre Horse Ranch of your dreams! Unparalled quality and privacy in a breathtaking setting - 3 horse barns, 50 acre pasture, 90 acre trails, shop, 3 wells, cross fenced, turkeys, deer, waterfowl, private lake, and so many more amenities. Could be turned into any type of recreational property and great for 4-wheeling with hills and valleys. Contact Ray @218-790-0713, MLS #01-3131, SPILDE SUMMER REALTY.COM.

Ray Spilde, Broker, Spilde Summer Realty

160.00 ACRES
Luxury home w/ Lakeviews and Horse Barn, Arena, Pasture - 30 min to downtown Mpls

Greenfield, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Perfect home for hobby horse enthusiast! Custom built 6000 sq ft home w/ high end finishes throughout. Reclaimed beams, 2 story great room, designer lighting, & panoramic lakeshore views. Upscale horse barn w/4 box stalls w/misters, tack room, & large storage area for hay, tractor, & toys. Meticulously maintained property with groomed outdoor riding arena, pastures w/in ground sprinklers, extensive fencing, gardens, & orchard. Property located in upscale development 15 min to Plymouth. Close to Lake Rebecca Park and Crow Hassan Park Reserve with extensive riding trails.

Leann Sather, RE/MAX Consultants

8.00 ACRES
6009 SQ FT
Equestrian Dream. 80 acres. Executive home, indoor arena, 7 stall barn, shed.

Independence, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Equestrian Dream. Nearly 80 acres of serene luxury. Open floor plan, 1997 remodeled 4400 SF home. Cathedral ceilings & library. Superb owners Jacuzzi suite w/ two sided fireplace. Indoor 180 x 72 & out door arena, 7 stall barn, hot water wash stall, 5 pastures. Miles of mowed wooded trails. Caretaker quarters offers complete living space,kitch,bath & additional 2 bedrooms. Ag/Conserv low taxes. 20 min to cities. Parks & golf near. Possible subdivide. New mechanicals. Complete home inspection 6/8/16 . Open for review. No survey. Possible subdivide.See supplements. Well and septic testing underway. Radon test completed and passed. Easy extra bedroom LL with armoire. Caretacker footage can opened to home. Easy kitchen expansion space. Plus house data does not include full caretaker house attached. New mechanicals and newer roof. Move in ready. No photos of caretakers cottage. Horse owners dream location.

Sandra Sue Baker, Bentley Realty

80.00 ACRES
4432 SQ FT
Beautiful Prior Lake Home on 17 acres! Bring your horses!

Prior Lake, Scott County, Minnesota

separate vanity area and the oasis of pampering in the master bath. Not to mention a private commode with pocket doors for your king. LOWER LEVEL Entering the lower-level of the home you will see that ample open space for your family. To the left side of the lower landing a family room wait for you. With this brick fireplace to aide in those cold times of the year. Even though you are in the lower level of the home you certainly won’t feel it with the access to the back yard patio and tons of windows that allow for the natural lighting to shine throughout. To the right of the landing in the lower level there is a perfect area for exercising. When you aren’t you can easily place your items away in the double door closet area. On the other side of the exercise area there is another set of closets for storage. This is where you will find the central vacuum system for the whole house. Never lift a regular vacuum again! Just Just beyond this area you will find another full size bath room with Corian counter tops and another bedroom for your guest and their privacy Prior to the bedroom and bathroom is another walk in closet lined with cedar. OUTSIDE Step outside the basement into the shaded concrete patio. This very secluded property boast perennials and beautiful landscaping. As you walk down the concrete path will notice that this Morten Barn features 5 box stalls for your horses, 4 tie stalls, a feed room that is 12 x 10, a Tack Room of 16 x 10, jealousy windows, and the pasture contains auto-water with 2 points of accessibility. What more could you ask for? Plus, it’s close to Clearly Lake and Murphy-Hanrehan Park with tons of trail access for your horseback riding activities or those long leisurely walks. Sit and relax – enjoy the secluded views of your yard or continue on and take a closer look at the Morten barn. What are you waiting for? Let your new story begin!

Patti And Al Iverson, Coldwell Banker Burnet

17.00 ACRES
3456 SQ FT

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